Health literacy is the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand information related to health, well-being, and medical treatment. This includes the ability to read, understand, and act on health information. A person’s health literacy is influenced by factors like culture, education, and the demands of a situation, context, and system.
According to Healthy People 2020
, most American adults find it difficult to understand health and social service information, limiting their ability to make informed health decisions. As a result, people face significant challenges in achieving positive health outcomes for themselves and their families.
To promote health equity, we can design inclusive systems and encounters that are understood by and benefit all Connecticut residents.